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Tessellation Time


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MC Escher and work on tessellations

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Tessellation Time

  1. 1. M.C. Escher Lesson By: George Canfield Jocelyne Schneider
  2. 2. Guided vocabulary, write these down! Tessellation Repetition Pattern Modern Artist Symmetry
  3. 3. A tessellation is an arrangement of closed shapes put together, completely covering an area without any overlaps. Tessellations show repetition by taking a shape and repeating it in a sequence, forming a pattern.
  4. 4. Tessellations have been around for centuries, originating in the mathematical world. They were first documented in 1619 by Johannes Kepler. They were used largely for tile designs for floors, walls, and even ceilings! Later in the early 1900’s, tessellations entered the art world by M.C. Escher.
  5. 5. Escher is a modern artist, who veered away from the traditional subject matter of realism, heading towards more abstract and expressionistic art. His interest in mathematics inspired him to create his famous tessellations. 1898-1972 Dutch Artist
  6. 6. Lions, 1925 Escher’s 1st tessellation printed in gold & silver on silk
  7. 7. Regular Division of the Plane with Birds,1949 Wood Engraving
  8. 8. M.C. Escher’s Symmetry Gallery
  9. 9. M.C. Escher’s Symmetry Gallery
  10. 10. 1. Cut your own design in the construction paper. This will be your template for your pattern. 2. Place this template on your paper, starting in the upper left corner. 3. Trace the template. 4. Move it to the right and repeat, going row by row. 5. Color it in!
  11. 11. Instead of a basic shape, we challenge you to create an animal or another object for a tessellation template. Think about M.C. Escher and his own tessellations. Are you up for the challenge?
  12. 12. Check out these other websites!
  13. 13. Escher, M.C. (n.d.). Pictures of M.C. Escher's work. Retrieved from Math Academy Online, Initials. (1997). The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher. Retrieved from Modern Art. Retrieved February 10, 2011, Stereo pictures revolution. (2008). Retrieved from The M.C. Escher Company B.V. (n.d.). M.C. Escher: the official website. Retrieved from